Next Monday, November 11, is Veterans Day. A veteran is a soldier who has served in any of the US Armed Services like the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force or Marines. Many veterans have fought in wars for the United States and risked their lives. Some have been injured or killed. On this day we honor all veterans, alive or dead, for their service to our country.
One of the worst wars where many, many American soldiers were killed was World War I (1914 to 1918). The “armistice” or truce to stop the fighting for WW I was signed by countries on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. When people heard the news, they celebrated, danced in the streets, hugged strangers and went a bit crazy with happiness and relief.
When the U.S established Veterans Day as a federal holiday, it was on Armistice Day, November 11th. At the time, everyone hoped that that terrible war would be the last global war but unfortunately, the US has been in more wars since that time. Even today we are in a war in Afghanistan where our Armed Service risk their lives for America. Let us remember all our veterans on this day and give them the respect they are due.
For more information, click on this El Civics lesson – Veterans Day and look at these videos .